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Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:59:09 PM | Better to link or just use worksets for a large project?

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What is the best way to setup a very large commercial project internally?  I have a large commercial facility with different components (commercial - 50,000sf, 12 storey hotel, large convention, ancillary buildings etc.) which total one large complex.

Although I have pretty solid Revit knowledge, I have not yet done a project of this scale; therefore I've never had to decide the best way to break out a model into workable portions.  I will not really need to worry about linking up with other consultants; I'm mostly concerned with the easiest way to manage it internally.  For file size and control, should I have a master file with 3 or 4 major building components linked in, each with their own workset structure?... or, should I just have everything modeled in one central file (ie no Revit links), and use worksets to turn components on and off to make the model workable.

 

Any help is appreciated.  Thanks.


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Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 5:53:53 AM | Better to link or just use worksets for a large project?

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from your project description I will definetly look at linking! there is no way you can manage this whole project in one file (unless you have super computers Smile )

in the main site file, set up worksets for each linked Revit models.

in the linked models be careful about how you set up worksets, if you don't really need them, don't create anymore than the default ones... got to go but hope I can write more later... Smile


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Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:45:25 PM | Better to link or just use worksets for a large project?

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Just to add  to what eldados said, think about grids and levels.  In multi-building projects, each building needs their own grids and levels may vary building to building depending on site and structure.  You really can't manage those issues well in one project.  But this is where Revit is great because you can use file linking.  Each project can link in the site model (seperate project) and as eldados said, linking each building into the site in worksets gives you the control you need.

 

BTW, we like to have the shell in a seperate workset in each project so that we can control that in composite site models.


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Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 3:31:56 PM | Better to link or just use worksets for a large project?

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Thanks!  Thats what I had in mind, but I wanted to double check before getting too far down the line.

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